Five realistic free-agent options for the Eagles
The Eagles have a lot of holes that they need to fill on this roster. While it would be ideal to build through the draft, recent years have proven that we can’t depend on the team to actually make adequate use of their picks. To make matters worse, the Eagles are currently very much over the cap.
Their current financial situation immediately takes the Eagles out of the running for prized free agents Allen Robinson, Kenny Golladay, Chris Godwin, etc. Whatever money Howie Roseman and company are able to scrape together, they’ll have to use it wisely and sparingly. Luckily for the Eagles, there are some upcoming free-agents that won’t command a ton of money and can still produce on the field:
Marvin Jones Jr., WR
Assuming that Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson aren’t with the team next season, the Eagles will have a relatively young WR group taking the field in 2021:
- Greg Ward: Age 25
- Travis Fulgham: Age 25
- JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Age 24
- John Hightower: Age 24
- Quez Watkins: Age 22
- Jalen Reagor: Age 21
Jones Jr. (turns 31 in March) has been a consistent contributor for the Detroit offense since signing his 5-year/$40M deal in 2016. The 9-year veteran recorded 76 catches for 978 yards and 9 TDs last season. Jones Jr. is averaging 14.2/yards per reception for his career and would be an instant veteran presence in an Eagles locker room that could certainly use it.
During his 5-year tenure with the Lions, Jones Jr caught 281 passes for 4,116 yards. He departs Detroit 3rd all-time in TD receptions in Lions history with 34.
Raise your hand if you started Marvin Jones Jr. when he scored 4 TDs 🙋♂️pic.twitter.com/4W4gjb3j4A— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) May 27, 2020
Troy Hill, CB
Hill had his most productive year for the Rams last season, playing in 95% of the snaps for Brandon Staley’s defense. When it comes to defensive backs that score points, it’s hard to overlook what Hill brings to a defense:
- 77 tackles
- 3 INTs
- 10 passes defended
- 3 defensive TDs
“Troy Hill, what can you say about the ball production, scoring the touchdowns that he did, the versatility. I think a lot of the versatility that we were able to activate with Jalen (Ramsey) was a reflection of also Troy Hill’s versatility.”Sean McVay | Rams Wire USA Today
The Eagles desperately need a solid CB2 opposite Darius Slay, who just turned 30 last month. Avonte Maddox surrendered a passer rating of 108.3 this season and I doubt Nickell Robey-Coleman is going to be brought back after an underwhelming year. Hill could be a cheap, stop-gap option if the Rams let him walk.
Gerald Everett, TE
With Richard Rodgers and Josh Perkins set to become unrestricted free agents (in addition to the uncertain future of Zach Ertz) the Eagles could kick the tires on another tight end. Everett would be the perfect complimentary piece to Dallas Goedert in a Nick Sirianni offense that will be sure to feature his tight ends. Given his age and limited workload, Everett is a feasible option to add some athleticism. In four seasons with the Rams, Everett has 127 receptions for 1,389 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Brian Poole, CB
Poole was one of the league’s most consistent slot corners before an injury-riddled 2020 season. In the nine games he did play in, Poole only allowed a 61.6 passer rating when targeted and didn’t give up a single touchdown. Poole is just one of four players since 2016 to have 6 sacks and 6 interceptions. After signing consecutive one-year deals with New York, Poole likely wouldn’t cost a ton to bring in. The nickel corner had 44 tackles, 2 interceptions, 7 pass defenses, and 2 tackles for loss last season.
K.J. Wright, LB
It isn’t a secret that the Eagles need linebacker help in a bad way. If Seattle doesn’t offer Wright a new contract (he’s made it publicly known that he’d like to stay with the Seahawks) then the Eagles should explore bringing him in. The 31-year-old has spent his entire career with Seattle and has adapted his game well moving from the “WILL” to the “SAM” linebacker position.
Wright put together a strong 2020 campaign for the Seahawks with 86 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. With Seattle drafting Jordyn Brooks in the first round last season, Wright may not be in the team’s plans moving forward. Having the veteran in Philadelphia would be beneficial for the development of TJ Edwards and Alex Singleton.